Wireless service provider Smart Communications Inc. warned the public on Monday about scams via mobile, text/e-mail and online, especially this Holidays.
Smart said its advocacy against ‚ÄúYuletide scam artists‚ÄĚ is in coordination with the National Telecommunication Commission (NTC) and the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in mounting "a comprehensive information campaign against fraudulent text, email and e-commerce activities."
Among the scams which Smart warned of are the following:
1.OFW Mobile Scam - messages that solicit over-the-air load transfers to an alleged roaming number.¬†
2.Text/Email Scam - messages that solicit donations, electronic load transfers, or cash payments to unknown organizations or 11-digit mobile numbers.¬†
3.Budol-budol/ Dugo-dugo Scam ‚Äď messages that ask for emergency money when scammers pretend they are family members pretending to be in an emergency overseas situation or accidents.
4.Online Scams ‚Äď common in online shopping via e-commerce or social media sites. Scammers would usually sell merchandise at bargain prices, require payments via bank or mobile money transfers, give out fictitious courier tracking numbers, and fail to ship purchased goods.¬†
Smart reiterated their prize notifications will not require cash or load transfers and promo winners are notified via a three- or four-digit number.
To prevent falling prey to online scams, Smart advises online shoppers to keep their bank and mobile money details private and to transact only with reputable online sellers.
When in doubt, Smart said subscribers should call the following hotlines: 751-3330 (for DTI); 921-3251 or 926-7722 (for the NTC), or 888-1111 (for Smart) via any landline, to verify questionable text or email messages.
Subscribers may also dial *888 via any Smart cellphone. For Smart Money concerns, account holders may contact 15177 via Smart mobile phones, or 845-7777 via landline.*abscbnnews.com